In 2008, Zimbabwe was in the grip of a famine and a cholera epidemic. It is
estimated that thousands of people died and South Africa received an influx of
refugees. Through it all, Chituri Shelton remained hopeful and believed in
Before I was told the good news about Jesus Christ, I was a man without any
purpose in my life,” Chituri says.
“Then, a Christian pastor told me that God was willing to forgive me for
living life my own way and that I could have a meaningful life if I just
believed in Him. I believed the pastor’s words and accepted Jesus Christ
as my Lord and Saviour.”
At first, Chituri’s brothers were not happy that he had become a
Christian and thought that he was crazy when he quit his paying job to attend
Bible College. Over time though, one of the eldest brothers became a Christian
and got involved in church ministry.
“I’m so glad that one of my brothers loves the Lord like I
do,” Chituri says. “After I had heard what Jesus’ death on
the cross and rising again meant for the world, I felt compelled to share the
Good News of salvation. I started with my own family and this is the
“I used to be a shy and quiet person who kept to himself,” he
continues, “but now I know the truth about the goodness of God and I
want to share it with everyone! I even share the gospel with people of
different religions and do not judge them.”
When the troubles came to Zimbabwe, Chituri remained quietly confident that
his God would supply his every need.
“There was no food in the country and no money,” he recalls.
“I saw God as the sole provider for myself and my family. The children
continued their schooling and there was always food on the table even though
we did not have relatives in South Africa to take care of us. God also
protected my family during the cholera outbreak and none of us got sick.
“This is the kind of God I serve. He is the one who says ‘first
seek My Kingdom and My ways and then I will add all things to you’ (see
Matthew chapter 6, verse 33),” Chituri says in conclusion.
“I saw God as the sole provider for myself and my family. The children continued their schooling and there was always food on the table...”